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Great Lakes A School Q&A


Great Lakes A School Q&A

The purpose of this group is to allow family of new sailors assigned to school at Training Support Center Great Lakes a chance to voice questions to a Student Division Commander

Location: Great Lakes, IL
Members: 2256
Latest Activity: 2 hours ago

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A school gate

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Comment by Mama Cyn 6 hours ago

Vanessa- I have an OS  his orders showed up the week he graduated from A school and then when his orders came he went to C school so he was in VA for about 6 weeks; they had to wait for the class to fill up; and then he got his official orders and used his travel time to hit home for a couple of days. We were lucky he was at A school during shutdown at Christmas so he came home to visit then. He had a lot of me asking him what was going and what is the timeframes and him saying we have to wait... I am still figuring out lingo and our conversations have a lot of wait what does that mean. He started his journey in October last year. I think it just depends on where they need the sailors and when they want them. :)

Comment by Vanessa 6 hours ago

Anyone on here who's Sailor is an OS? Mine is graduating A School Friday!! Im just wondering whats next? He has a medical clearance apt on the 8th and supposedly gets his Orders on the 10th and can fly home that day? Is this possible?

Comment by Dual_ Military_Branch_TN_Mom yesterday

Anne - I understand wanting to be close to them as long as possible.  My son (Air Force) is on his 3rd deployment in 4 years.  He's been to Kuwait, Afghanistan, and at the moment I have no idea exactly where he is.  This has been the toughest.  I know the country, but OPSEC is very important to protect their safety.  Knowing the country has been bad enough.  When he's home, he's stationed on the west side of the country ... a LONG way from home.  We see him about once a year.  There have been lots of days of nothing but crying, aching to see him and hear his voice.  It doesn't make you a wimp or anything else.  It makes you a mom who loves your "child" with all your heart.  My faith and lots of praying helped me get through it.  Please know you, your sailor, and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Comment by Anne yesterday
Dual_Military_Branch_TN_mom, Thanks for tha advice. I want to see my son as long as I can that day. When he gets to his ship, he is being deployed, so I have no idea when I'll see him again. So proud of him! And he's so proud of himself! Congratulations on another SR!!
Comment by Dual_ Military_Branch_TN_Mom on Tuesday

We will soon have another SR headed to bootcamp.  Son-in-law was Navy for 5 years.  Son is Air Force.  Son-in-law to be (?) is in A School at Great Lakes.  Our son's wife has now signed up with the Navy and leaves in October for bootcamp.  SO PROUD of all of them for their service to our country!

Comment by Dual_ Military_Branch_TN_Mom on Tuesday

Anne - We took our Sailor to Memphis airport and asked for a gate pass.  We had to show his papers and our ID's.  We stayed with him until he boarded the plane.

Comment by DsMom on Monday
Alex's Mom - the hold times are when they are waiting for a class to finish or enough people to fill up a class. We have to get used to 'hurry up and wait'. Lol. It's frustrating but they are kept busy.
Comment by DsMom on Monday
Anne - Every airport is different but it doesn't hurt to ask for a gate pass. My daughter left from San Antonio, Tx. She wanted me to go back but once we got there it wasn't 'cool' so we said good bye at the ticket counter. There was a group of about 12 that left with her. Bring tissues! :-)
Comment by Anne on Monday
Had Thanksgiving dinner this past Friday, went really good-made too much food! I'm just letting my son do his own thing, he's been hanging out with friends, sleeping and taking super long hot showers! i have a question and I hope someone can answer it: When I take my son to airport for his departure, am I going to be able to wait with him at the gate till flight leaves?
Comment by Alex's_Mom on Sunday
Why do they have to wait so long to get into the school once they are transferred to their A School locations?

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